Official press release:
Norwegian Grammy Award-winning musical experimenters, Årabrot, have confirmed the next title in the band’s constantly/rapidly growing discography, with the upcoming release of their You Bunch of Idiots EP. The third in a trio of themed EPs the first two having already seen release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with the Eolian Empire for the band’s first US release.
Årabrot lands stateside with You Bunch of Idiots, a ferocious blast of twisted noise rock. For fourteen years Kjetil Nernes and Co. have fearlessly trudged through the European underground, carving out a sonic territory of sludge, punk, metal, and art rock, all collapsed into something uniquely their own. Wearing perennial outsider status like a badge of honor, Årabrot laughs in the faces of the naysayers and proudly towers above them. While drawing from the likes of Dadaism, The Marquis De Sade, and transgressive art might be a recipe for pretentious tripe in the wrong hands, the outfit wraps it up with winks and grins, and — most importantly — rocks the hell out. One of Europe’s premiere touring acts, their devastating power live cannot be underestimated, channeling stadium-level theatrics and volume for the underground club set.
Årabrot’s You Bunch of Idiots is the third in the three-EP series, following Murder As Art and I Modi, the record dropping six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. The EP was recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, after which the platter was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The excellent cover art was provided by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie, who has done the art for all three EPs and other Årabrot merch and products.
You Bunch of Idiots will see release in North America via Eolian Empire and in Europe via Fysisk Format as a 12″ vinyl EP and all digital outlets on June 16th.
You Bunch of Idiots Track Listing:
1. “Cannibal Manifesto”
2. “Time To Pull The Sticks”
4. “Mea Culpa”
6. “It’s Hot Drop It”
The week following the EP’s release, Årabrot will invade the North American continent no a three-week tour in support of You Bunch of Idiots. The band was slated to tour the West Coast US last year, and unfortunately had to cancel the trek due to main man Kjetil Nernes’ bout with cancer. Having beaten the hideous disease, the band will hit the US and Canada with twenty shows confirmed between June 24th and July 19th, with more dates likely to be added. With Dispirit and Lycus also on the Sacramento show, and Pinkish Black on the final six shows, Årabrot’s support act for the entire tour will be announced in the coming days.
ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour:
6/24 – Boston, MA | O’brien’s Pub
6/27 – Cleveland, OH | Now That’s Class
6/29 – Chicago, IL | The Burlington
6/30 – St Louis, MO | Fubar
7/01 – Lawrence, KS | Jackpot Saloon
7/02 – Denver, CO | Hi Dive
7/03 – Salt Lake, City, UT | Kilby Court
7/04 – Boise, ID | The Shredder
7/05 – Seattle, WA | The Highline
7/06 – Vancouver, BC | The Hindenburg
7/07 – Portland, OR | Rotture
7/08 – Sacramento, CA | Starlight Lounge w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09 – San Francisco, CA | SF Eagle
7/12 – El Paso, TX | Lowbrow Palace
7/14 – Austin, TX | Holy Mountain *
7/15 – New Orleans, LA | Siberia *
7/16 – Atlanta, GA | The 529 *
7/17 – Chapel Hill, NC | Local 506 *
7/18 – Richmond, VA | Strange Matter *
7/19 – New York, NY | The Studio, Webster Hall *
* = w/ Pinkish Black